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Ancient Assyrian Tablets Seem to Contain References to a Massive Solar Storm

Scientists report that they may have found the earliest written record of a solar storm in ancient Assyrian tablets. Read More >>

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NASA’s Plan to Rescue InSight’s Stuck Heat Probe Appears to Be Working

After being stuck for months, the InSight lander’s heat probe has managed to dig down a few centimetres into the Martian dirt. It’s a positive sign that the probe didn’t hit a rock as engineers originally feared and that a newly devised strategy to remedy the situation is actually working. Read More >>

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The Voyager Missions Saw a ‘Tsunami’ of Solar Activity Sending a Pressure Pulse Into Interstellar Space

The Voyagers 1 and 2 spacecraft measured the Sun sending a pulse like a “tsunami” into the interstellar medium, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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The New Interstellar Object Looks Surprisingly Familiar

New results paint the second recorded interstellar visitor as a surprisingly familiar object, according to new research. Read More >>

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Hubble Sees Our Galaxy Sucking Up a Mysterious Amount of Gas

The Milky Way seems to be gobbling up a mysterious amount of gas – more than it spits back out, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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How Alexei Leonov Survived the Harrowing First Spacewalk

Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, passed away this week. Read More >>

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Check Out NASA’s Look for the Next Lunar Landing

With NASA’s new line of spacesuits, its next crew of lunar bound astronauts likely won’t look much different from Neil Armstrong et al. while hopping around on the Moon. They’ll be a hell of a lot more comfortable while taking that “one small step for man,” though. Read More >>

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NASA Space Weather Satellite Set to Launch Early Tomorrow Morning, Finally

NASA is ready to launch its space weather-measuring satellite early tomorrow morning, following two years of delays. Read More >>

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Britain’s Sending a Toy to the Moon

The first entirely UK-developed piece of hardware is scheduled to land on the moon in 2021, with Spacebit's rover set to hitch a ride aboard commercial exploration firm Astrobotic's Peregrine lander and walk about on the lunar surface for a bit. Read More >>

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Physicists Win Nobel Prize for Finding Exoplanet Around a Sun-Like Star and for Helping Develop Theory of the Universe

The 2019 Physics Nobel Prize will be awarded half to James Peebles of Princeton University, and half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the University of Geneva in Switzerland, for theoretical work improving our understanding of the universe and for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star, respectively. Read More >>

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Would Finding Life on Mars Really Change Anything?

In a recent interview with the Telegraph, NASA chief scientist Jim Green said it’s possible we’ll soon find evidence of life on Mars but that “we’re not prepared for the results.” Green said the discovery would be as world-shaking as the revelation that the solar system doesn’t revolve around Earth. But while finding our first aliens would no doubt be amazing, it’s not a given that it would have any major impact on life on Earth. Read More >>

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Simulations Show Black Holes Have Surprisingly Intimate Relationship With Host Galaxies

A new study is shedding light on the way galaxies interact with the incredibly massive black holes at their centres. Read More >>

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Here’s More Evidence That Earth Got Hit by Something Huge 12,800 Years Ago

New evidence from South Africa is adding further credence to the idea that a large asteroid or comet struck Earth during the Pleistocene – an event that possibly triggered the extinction of many large animals while also disrupting human populations at a global scale. Read More >>

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Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Releases Its Final Probe for Exploring Asteroid Ryugu

The tiny Minerva-II2 probe is now en route to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, having been deployed by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft on Thursday. It’s the final phase of this wildly successful mission and the last item on the to-do list before the spacecraft makes its journey back to Earth. Read More >>

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Here’s How NASA Might Rescue InSight’s Extremely Stuck Heat Probe

Back in February, the heat probe of NASA’s InSight lander didn’t get very far while trying to tunnel a hole into Mars. It’s been stuck ever since, but NASA has devised a plan in the hopes of getting the probe moving again. Read More >>